The answer lies in the epoxy itself.
Epoxy is a non-porous polymer that can be used to paint a surface.
“If you have a paint-like substance, you can use the epoxies properties to paint on top of that,” said Michael Gollin, a professor of electrical engineering at UC Berkeley.
For the last 30 years, Gollins lab has developed a method to make epoxy paint that can withstand high temperatures and high pressures.
In addition to being a better paint, the method also offers other advantages.
When heated up to 400 degrees Celsius, epoxy paints can create a strong bonding between the paint and the metal.
That can create better bond strength and a smoother surface for a paint coat.
But when heated up beyond 400 degrees, the surface becomes too thin for good bonding.
Gollin says he is working on a new formulation that could be a lot more effective.
And while he says it’s hard to predict what a better coating would look like in the future, he’s optimistic that he can come up with a better formula.
One of his most recent research projects involved developing a coating that was more effective at absorbing the high-temperature heat and heat that epoxy can cause.
The result was a coating with a layer of epoxy coating that could absorb heat, but it also allowed it to bond to the surface without forming a thin layer.
While that’s not ideal, Gellin said, “we think that we can develop a better formulation that is much better at absorbing heat.”